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Who's Who



Professor Adekunle Adeyeye


As College Principal, I have overall responsibility for leading the implementation of the University strategy within the College and work in close collaboration with the other College Officers to maximise student experience. I represent the College at the Board of Colleges and University Senate. In addition to College responsibilities, and in my capacity as Professor of Physics, I conduct advanced research in nanotechnology and spintronics.


I joined Durham University as the Principal of Trevelyan College and Professor of Physics in January 2020. I graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in Physics from the University of Ilorin, Nigeria (1990). I obtained MPhil and Ph.D (Microelectronic Engineering and semiconductor Physics) degrees from the University of Cambridge, in 1993 and 1996, respectively. I was elected a Junior Research Fellow at Trinity College, the University of Cambridge in 1996.

I then worked as a Senior Research Engineer at the Data Storage Institute, Singapore in 1997, before returning to Cambridge to take up a fellowship at the Nanoscale Science Laboratory. In 2000, I was appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore (NUS), promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2006 and Full Professor in July 2012. I was the founding Master of the Ridge View Residential College at NUS.

My research focuses on the fundamental understanding and exploration of nanomagnets in the non-volatile memory technologies. I have conducted pioneering research work in the field of nanomagnetism and won many awards including being named one of the top 100 young innovators in the world by TR100, an award-winning MIT magazine on technology. In 2013, I was selected Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Magnetics Society Distinguished Lecturer. I am a Fellow of the American Physical Society, Fellow of the Institute of Physics, Fellow of the Institute of Nanotechnology, and a Royal Society Wolfson Fellow.


Vice Principal

Dr Martin Brader / 


As Vice-Principal, I support the Principal with the management of the College and implementation of the College's strategy. At Trevelyan, I have responsibility for student enrichment and work alongside student leaders and groups to develop opportunities across a range of areas, including sport, outreach, volunteering, art, music, theatre and scholarly activity. In addition to student enrichment, I deliver alumni relations and engagement activities for our thriving alumni community. I also support our activities for recruitment, communications and membership. My office is located on the Ground Floor of G Block in the main College building.


I joined Trevelyan College as Vice Principal in October 2021. Before joining Trevelyan, I was Assistant Principal at Ustinov College, where I worked alongside students and staff to deliver a range of student enrichment and wellbeing activities. I have also previously worked as Assistant Principal at Van Mildert College. In addition to these College roles, I have undertaken postdoctoral research in the Department of Geography, Durham University, focussing on relative sea-level change and past earthquakes in Alaska and Chile. I completed a BSc, MSc and PhD in the Department of Geography at Durham University, where I investigated postglacial relative sea-level change in Iceland.

Assistant Principal

Dr Hannah Martin /


As Assistant Principal of Trevelyan College I am responsible for overseeing the day-to-day running of student support and wellbeing in College. Navigating student life can be challenging and I am here to guide you in accessing support. You can contact me to discuss any mental or physical health concerns, academic or welfare issues and financial worries. My office is located on the ground floor of G Block and I'm always happy to chat and support you in accessing the help you need.


Prior to joining Trevelyan in October 2021, I was working in Durham University Library and Collections and I have been connected to the University since completing a MA in Modern History here in 2015. I have a PhD in Historical Geography. My thesis explored the intersection of race, class and politics in the North East of England in the interwar period. I focused on the experience of 'race' in the everyday lives of ethnically diverse working class communities in the North East and I am interested in how conditions and places shaped collective action, class formation and everyday life.


College Administration Coordinator

Mrs Kayleann Hoye /

I am responsible for College administration at Trevelyan. Acting as the first point of contact for many internal and external stakeholders of the College, the Administration Coordinator is a central role and contributes to the smooth running of the College. I am secretary to our College Principal and support the Principal and Vice-Principal in delivering an exceptional student experience.


Student Support Administrator 

Miss Holly Bainbridge

I am the Student Support Administrator at Trevelyan. I am responsible for supporting the Assistant Principal with student support meetings and wellbeing in college. I can assist in arranging support meetings with the Assistant Principal or signposting to the appropriate support systems in place in the University. 



Mrs Janice Ware

I am the Operations Manager. My role in College encompasses most of the hospitality provision, including porterage and maintenance services. If you have any issues with any of the above services, I will be happy to help.                                                                                                               

Mr Jim Johnson

I am the Operations Team Leader and co-ordinate our housekeeping and portering services.




Mrs Kathryn Cullen

I am the College receptionist, answering a range of day-to-day enquiries, issuing keys, making room bookings and handling student mail. A friendly first point of contact for students and visitors.


Your point of contact for any queries relating to billing and finance.


Food Service and Beverage Manager

Ms Dawn Purdy

I direct the dining hall staff and oversee the 'front of house' team. Delivering an exceptional service to our students.




Head Chef

Mr Rob Cummins

I direct my team of chefs and kitchen porters to deliver quality food to our students.






Mrs Gillian Embleton

I manage the team of housekeeping staff and support Janice and Jim in the day-to-day domestic operations at Trevelyan College.




Our porters' team compromises Martyn Allan, Stephen Beighton, Allan Bewick and David Gillham. The porters are your first point of contact for any maintenance issues.


College Librarian 

Mr Tim Folwer

I’ve been Trevelyan’s Librarian since 2003. We’re very proud of our library which is recognised as one of the best in Durham’s colleges. We aim to get you the books you need, when you need them. My wife Mary also works in the library and makes sure books are where they’re supposed to be and helps answer student inquiries. 



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(Staff Christmas photographs 2023)